Chelsea Clinton On Confederate Monuments: ‘Churches Don’t Have Statues of the Devil’ (But That’s Not Entirely Correct)

A statue of Lucifer (Morning Star) by Paul Fryer installed in the Holy Trinity Church, in Marylebone, Westminster, London, in 2008.
A statue of Lucifer (Morning Star) by Paul Fryer installed in the Holy Trinity Church, in Marylebone, Westminster, London, in 2008.

Chelsea Clinton is now facing fire online after wading into the ongoing debate over the removal of confederate statues and monuments. She specifically stated that churches don’t have statues of the devil, but was soon corrected by the public.

“The story of Lucifer-who rebelled against God-is part of many Christians’ traditions. I’ve never been in a church with a Lucifer statue,” Clinton said in a tweet Thursday that appeared to compare confederate statues and monuments to the devil.

Critics of her message quickly pointed out to her that she was wrong about churches and Lucifer.

Wesly Alvarez, an artist and art educator living in Miami, Florida, pointed out to Clinton that most cathedrals in New York have at least one depiction of Lucifer.

“Wait most of the cathedrals in New York have at least one depiction of Lucifer. Just saying your brilliant though,” he replied. “Riverside Cathedral and St. John the Devine come to mind specifically. He was a bid deal in neogothic movement apparently. #artgeek,” he added.

According to Atlas Obscura, a famous sculpture of Lucifer known in English as “Lucifer of Liège,” or Le génie du mal (“The Genius of Evil”), can be found at the cathedral in Liège, Belgium.

“It was carved by Belgian sculpture Guillaume Geefs in 1848, and it depicts a tortured yet beautiful young man,” the online outlet said further noting that the sculpture was a replacement for another image of Lucifer created by Guillaume’s younger brother, Joseph, that was deemed “too beautiful, and a bad influence on the church youth.”

The Holy Trinity Church in Marylebone, Westminster in the U.K. which hasn’t been used as a place of worship since the 1930s also boasts a “terrifying statue” of Lucifer created by artist Paul Fryer.

Reacting to Alvarez, Clinton said: “Thank you Wesly for the correction, I had missed them clearly & will look when next in each. Still, do any church statues celebrate Lucifer?”

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SOURCE: Leonardo Blair  
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